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without parole. >> in the united states there are more than 2 million citizens locked up behind razor wire and prison bars. >> we lock up our citizens at far greater rates than any other industrialized nation or any other kind of nation in the world. >> mark mauer is the executive director of the sentencing prect. he says that when it comes to lock ups, louisiana is easily the toughest state in the nation. >> louisiana has been at the top of the pack and just incarcerating people at rates that are just unimaginable any place else in the world. >> richard crane is the former chief counsel to the louisiana corrections department. he says there was a push nationwide in the early 1980s to crack down on crime, and louisiana took it seriously. >> you could always get votes by increasing sentences, and louisiana more than any other state just went wild with that. >> today, there are about 40,000 people behind bars in louisiana. that's one out of 86 adults. the prison population doubled in the last two decades, and the state prison system simply couldn't keep up. so in the early 1990s the state ga
the fact that thanksgiving is the big holiday in the united states because we get to eat as much as we can, which is our consumerism, then we get to watch football which is a celebratn of violence. that's wh we are a the violence that we see on our streets, the violence that we see in the mass killings is a reflection of a lack of civility all the way around in our country. one of the things that i know a number of faith leaders are doing and we saw it in "the washington post" this past thursday is calling on a more civil tone of political discourse because there's violence in words and the ways in which candidates attacked each other during the campaign and the ways in which the partisan divide is beg reflected in vehement speech and violent speech towards one another. so it seems to me that there's an opportunity for people of faith to deal with violence at a variety of levels, from mass killings to street violence to the way we talk to each other and our leaders need to model that. that's one thing that i think our president has been very good at. >> john? >> you know one of the hopeful
offered special prayers about the situation in syria. a new united nations' report says more than 60,000 people have died in syria's 22-month-old conflict. that number significantly exceeds previous estimates. and the un's refugee agency says there's been a steady increase in the number of syrians fleeing the violence. an estimated 500,000 syrians have been displaced, most ending up in jordan, lebanon and turkey. as more and more syrian refugees find their way to turkey next door, we have a fred de sam lazaro report today from one of the oldest cities in turkey, antakya, known tearly christians as antioc today, most of the people there are sunni muslims and alawites, about equally divided. alawites are an offshoot of shiite islam. president assad of syria is an alawite. the fear in antakya is that if assad is overthrown, his opponents will target all alawites, everywhere. >> turkey is predominantly muslim but residents of the southern hatay region like to tout its rich, historic, religious mosaic. christ's apostles, peter and paul, spent time in hatay's main city antakya, the biblica
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